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Papal Message of Condolence to Newtown, Connecticut, Victims

"[Pope Benedict] asks God our Father to Console All Those Who Mourn"

VATICAN CITY, DEC. 17, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is the message of condolence that Pope Benedict XVI sent through the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, to the Administrator of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Msgr. Jerald A. Doyle regarding the massacre in Newtown, CT where 20 children and 6 adults were murdered in Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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Monsignor Jerald A. Doyle

Diocesan Administrator

Diocese of Bridgeport

The Holy Father was promptly informed of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and he has asked me to convey his heartfelt grief and the assurance of his closeness in prayer to the victims and their families, and to all affected by the shocking event.

In the aftermath of this senseless tragedy he asks God our Father to console all those who mourn and to sustain the entire community with the spiritual strength which triumphs over violence by the power of forgiveness, hope and reconciling love.

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